Working together to support Oregon’s K-12 students| November 2022 Education Update

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Education Update: Oregon Department of Education

November 2022

Oregon Achieves... Together!
A Message from the Director of the Oregon Department of Education Colt Gill

ODE Director Colt Gill

It takes all of us working together in all 36 counties to help foster equity and excellence for every learner.

Whether you’re serving in the classroom, the lunchroom, the back office or the ball field, we all have an opportunity and obligation to support Oregon’s K-12 students.

Last week we gained a new leader and partner in the Governor’s office as Governor-elect Tina Kotek won the gubernatorial race. As Governor, she’ll be the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for Oregon and build on the historic education policies she led for in the state legislature. We’re looking forward to working with her to meet the needs of Oregon’s students.

I’ll have more to say in future messages about my deep appreciation for Governor Kate Brown’s educational leadership. For now, I want to recognize our incoming Governor and let the education community know we’ll work closely with her to deliver for Oregon’s students.

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November is Native American Heritage Month

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month and including it in lesson plans is easier with the resources below.

The first stop should be our Senate Bill 13 Tribal History/Shared History page on the ODE website. It is packed with resources from the background on the bill to lesson plans and professional development as well. Bookmark the page because new information is being added regularly. It represents years of collaboration with Oregon’s tribal governments in an effort to tell the entire story of Oregon’s history and the culture of today.

The National Museum of the American Indian is part of the Smithsonian network of museums and has pages dedicated to helping K-12 educators. Be sure to check out the resources dedicated to teaching more accurately and thinking more broadly about the Thanksgiving story.

Finally, we wanted to share again this 2020 op-ed in the Oregonian written by Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. In the article there are links to resources OHS has created, including Experience Oregon which is the cornerstone of their museum experience.

The best part is that all of this information is available year-round. So let Native American Heritage Month be the launching point for continuing to include this perspective in classes throughout the school year!

November is Transgender Awareness Month

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On November 21, 2022, we honor Transgender Day of Remembrance.

According to the 2020 Oregon Student Health Survey taken by 6th, 8th and 11th grade students, 8% are transgender, gender-expansive, or questioning. Please review the LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Plan and resources webpage for strategies about supportive practices, inclusive instructional materials, safe and affirming spaces and more as you consider how educators and schools can build legacies of love and support for transgender and gender expansive students during Transgender Awareness Month.

ODE currently has funding available to support affirming school communities through the LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Grant Program. The Request for Applications (RFA) is open until December 7 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, watch the webinar recording or apply for funding, please visit the Grants webpage

Classroom WISE: FREE Implementation Support for School Districts in 2023!

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ODE is excited to announce that the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC) will be offering a FREE, 3-part training to help districts implement Oregon Classroom WISE in 2023!

MHTTC will also be offering FREE implementation support for Classroom WISE to school districts beginning in January 2023. Assistance will include access to an orientation webinar, an implementation guide, a facilitation session, and multiple sharing sessions with other teams that are implementing Classroom WISE.

If you are interested in receiving implementation support for Classroom WISE in your school district, please complete this interest form so you can be alerted when the request for applications becomes available!

Check Out These Virtual Culinary Workshops!

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ODE and the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council (ODNC) have teamed up to create a virtual culinary webinar series designed to help school and child nutrition professionals across Oregon prepare easy, tasty and fun recipes that meet Child Nutrition Program guidelines.

The most recent webinar is titled You, a Can and a Plan, covering creative and easy ways to use canned foods in multiple ways in your nutrition programs. Each webinar includes a video featuring ODE Child Nutrition Operations & Policy Analyst Jessica Visinsky and a handout with recipes and links to other resources. Previous webinars include topics like chicken, breakfast and salads. They can be found by scrolling down the page linked above.

Bon Appétit!

Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program

In 2022, Oregon Legislature passed HB 5202 and approved funding to establish the Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program. Once launched, the Early Learning Division (ELD) program will provide supportive services to early care and education providers to help prevent suspension and expulsion of young children from early care settings, especially based on race, ethnicity, language, ability or any intersectionality.

On September 28, the Early Learning Council adopted the administrative rules to begin implementation of the program. In 2023, the program will begin recruitment and outreach for regional service providers, coordinate community engagement in partnership with Trauma Informed Oregon and continue to develop service delivery methods, standards and goals.

Please visit the Early Learning website for program updates and announcements.

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Preparing for Breaks and Transitions With Care and Connection

Breaks and transitions in the academic year can be very challenging for Oregon students and school staff. Many families face loss, uncertainty, and turmoil. Making time and space for care, connection, grace and patience are vitally important to nurturing health and well-being now, and throughout the school year.

Children, adolescents and adults often find comfort in predictable routines. So interruptions to regular activities during holidays and breaks can be anxiety-provoking. Reactions to these types of stressors can take many forms such as frustration, anger, irritability, sadness, and withdrawal. These typical human stress responses may be particularly evident before, during and after time away from school.

More about preparing for breaks, including resources...

ODE In the News

ODE Federal Systems Education Specialist Raquel Gwynn was a guest on an episode of A Hot Time for Summer Learning, a Wallace podcast series featuring leading experts, researchers and practitioners involved in summer learning and enrichment.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) featured Oregon as a case study for summer learning.

OSBA News wrote about a new ODE guide to LGBTQ2SIA+ instructional materials.

Portland State University talked with alumna Rosa Floyd, Oregon’s 2023 Teacher of the Year.

Student Spotlight

OSBA talked with Central School District students achieving their dream of publishing their short stories and poems.

The Oregonian featured students at McDaniel High School who trained with Portland Fire & Rescue to join community emergency response teams.

Pamplin Media interviewed students on West Linn High School’s robotics team who are helping get younger students excited about STEM.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office announced the candidates for Oregon’s Kid Governor along with videos where each outlines their campaign platform.